Would-be robber targets boy, 11

AN attempted robbery saw the culprit stand on an 11-year-old boy's ankles after demanding cash.Police in Hadleigh are appealing for witnesses today after the incident at about 4pm on Wednesday.

By Tracey Sparling

AN attempted robbery saw the culprit stand on an 11-year-old boy's ankles after demanding cash.

Police in Hadleigh are appealing for witnesses today after the incident at about 4pm on Wednesday.

After leaving school the boy was approached by a man in Station Road, Hadleigh near the junction with Clopton Gardens.

When the man asked for money the boy said he didn't have any and the man picked him up and pushed him against a signpost.

The victim dropped to the ground and the man then stood on his ankles, before walking off in the direction of Old Railway Walk.

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The offender was white, of medium build, 5ft 8ins to 6ft tall.

He wore a dark hooded top with the hood pulled up and khaki combat trousers.

He had facial hair around his mouth and chin, which could have been a goatee beard.

Investigating officer Pc Mike Smith said: "Although he was unhurt during the attack, the victim was extremely distressed by this experience."

If you have any information please call Pc Smith urgently, on 01473 383430 or Crimestoppers anonymously on freephone 0800 555111.